There’s no getting around it: Valentine’s Day can be an awkward time to be single. That’s why this year, we’re taking a page from #girlboss Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation and celebrating Galentine’s Day with the true loves of our lives: our BFFs. Whether you gather your girlfriends for a Galentine’s Day party or decide to get dolled up and hit the town, there’s no better way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend than catching up with the squad. Can’t decide how to spend this epic holiday? Here’s what’s written in the stars for this Galentine’s Day.
Host a proper Galentine’s day brunch with the besties. Frittatas, mimosas and classy brunch attire? Sign us up! Gather your girls for a sophisticated morning brunch at your house and let the Downton Abbey impersonations begin.
Have a DIY night in with the girls. Grab a tray of classic heart treats, refill your glue gun and buckle down for a fun-filled night of crafting. Not only will you have plenty of time to catch up with your squad, but everyone will get a made-with-love memento to remember this Galentine’s Day for years to come.
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Get together for a cozy catch-up in a DIY adult fort. Catch up the only way worthy of you and your bestie’s incredible friendship — in a totally DIYable adult fort. For childhood friends, put up a few flashback pics to really get cheesy with it.
Read this: Learn to DIY the fort above with this nifty grown-up fort tutorial.
Invite your squad over for cute Galentine’s manicures. Just because you don’t have a romantic interest on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t be glamourous. Invite your girls over for a DIY manicure party and watch as the creative juices flow.
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Get dolled up in your tackiest Valentine’s Day attire and go dancing. Leos don’t sit around and wait for something to happen. Call up your besties and put on your gaudiest Valentine’s Day attire (the more hearts, the better): Tonight is girls’ night out.
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Do girls’ night in like a champ with a quirky games night featuring uncommon board games and themed cocktails. Ditch Monopoly and Clue — this Galentine’s Day board games night is all about the unconventional. Have your guests bring a board game no one has ever heard of and let the competition begin. Oh, and don’t forget about the delicious Galentine’s themed cocktails!
Host a bring-your-own-recipe bake-off with the gals. There are so many delicious-looking Valentine’s Day recipes on the Internet that it’s almost a crime not to try at least one during the holiday. Gather your gals for a bring-your-own-recipe bake-off and put their baking skills to the test. No matter what happens, you’ll have plenty to snack on for the rest of the night.
Read this: Read through this roundup of delicious Valentine’s desserts for great ideas, including a few no-bake options. Although, if you’re looking for a sure winner, check out these raspberry panna cotta cups.
Grab your girlfriends for a classy night out at a local museum. Experience something new with your gals this Galentine’s Day and hit up a local museum or art exhibit on Saturday. Not only will you look classy AF on your Snapchat story, but you’ll also learn something new while hanging out with your fave people.
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Forget the pricey spa day that requires a two-week reservation — hold your own last-minute DIY spa day at home. Everyone loves a good pamper session, especially during the stressful mid-February season. This time, ditch the overpriced spas and opt for a DIY pamper party at home. Not only will it be super fun to DIY with the girls, but your wallet will thank you too!
Read this: Learn how to make a super easy DIY treat yo’self kit with bath salts, body butter, a sugar scrub and a candle in this awesome tutorial.
Mix high class and comfort with a high tea and sweatpants party. There’s nothing better than a boiling pot of chai tea, itsy bitsy cucumber sandwiches and a long catch-up with your best friend. But this Galentine’s Day, skip the midi skirts and blouses and throw on your sweatpants. It may feel weird at first, but don’t worry — it’s totally Mad Hatter approved.
Host a ‘90s throwback Galentine’s party. Whether you were a ‘90s kid or not, everyone has a few wild memories from the decade where flared jeans and highlights reigned. Host your own throwback party this Galentine’s Day with costumes, music and recipes from the ‘90s.
Gather the gals for the ultimate cheesy rom-com Netflix binge. One of the greatest things about besties is you can totally be yourself around them. Grab a pack of Kleenex and put on the cheesiest rom com you can think of… and don’t forget to bring the popcorn!
Read this: Check out what Valentine’s Day movies are streaming on Netflix with this helpful guide.
How are you spending Galentine’s Day? Tweet us at @BritandCo!
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